Upcoming Meeting

Global Trends & Industry Consolidation

October 03, 2016
11:30 AM to 1:30 PM

Illini Center
200 S. Wacker Drive, 4th Floor
Chicago, IL 60606

Join us on Monday, October 3rd, to discuss Global Trends & Industry Consolidation.

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Thank you to those that attended the Chicago Farmers' luncheon on September 12th at the Illini Center where Dr. Gary Schnitkey, professor and farm management specialist in the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois, gave us his thoughts on the grain farm outlook and cash rents for 2017. 

The next luncheon is Monday, October 3rd, at the Illini Center. We will welcome Steve Byrne, US Chemicals Equity Research Analyst at Merrill Lynch, whose research focus is primarily in fertilizer pricing, seed mix shifts, demand for crop protection chemicals, and the outlook for grower income levels. He will provide the Chicago Farmers with a global perspective on these ag inputs and our view on consolidation.  Click here to register today!


  • Discounted registration fees
  • Subscription to "The Chicago Farmer Magazine"
  • Networking opportunities with the agri-business community
  • Scholarship contribution to students in Agricultural Colleges



The Illinois Chamber of Commerce Foundation recently released a report, highlighting the economic importance of the Illinois River to the state. To read the full report as well as access the link to the final report, which includes a county by county breakdown, click here

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The Chicago Farmers' summer program on August 11, 2016, brought members and guests to the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, a Chicago public school that is located on the far southwest side of Chicago. The school is a working farm with a college prep curriculum that incorporates courses with a focus on agriculture and hands on agricultural practices. It is one of only two such schools in the United States.


Dr. Gary Schnitkey, professor of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, looked into his crystal ball and projected what 2017 might have in store for farmers regarding grain sales and cash rent leases at Chicago Farmers’ September 12, 2016, meeting. Nearly 100 people were in attendance for the informative afternoon.